Cue the whispering – hauntingly scary but with tendrils of happiness – music. We see a house. Zoom. We see the dining room. Zoom. We see a family sitting around the table having dinner. Zoom. *SHOCK* We see Mr Pain…

“You ever think about not wrapping presents Limey?” Limey, a short man, shook his head. “Nope.” Jerry, an even shorter man, smiled. “Really?” That seems odd. Given who your pap was.” Limey stopped working. “Listen Jerry. I like you. You’re…

What is loss? BEFORE Joy. Light. Happiness. AFTER Pain. Sorrow. Heartbreak. BEFORE Memory of a fight. Joy. Smiles. A little badness. AFTER Memory of smiles. Pain. Sorrow. BEFORE Remember the fights? Remember the hard work? Remember the anger? AFTER Remember…

One coupon for a “Magical make-believe Dragon” turned out to be a terrible present from Suzie’s estranged father. Suzie loved the coupon. She fell asleep that birthday night with it grasped firmly in her hand. Suzie carried the coupon everywhere….

“This guy was met-tic-you-LUS!” Jimmy Lowder loved to enunciate his words with vigor and passion. Spiky black hair, intense slate-gray eyes, Jimmy could be a con-man, a teacher, a hallelujah preacher. Jimmy Lowder could rob you blind and get you…

“Ahhhhh.” “Mr Harrison, flies will get caught in your mouth. Proceed please.” “Right then. The order is .. Kingdom?” I waited, looking around. Tommy was grinning at me, loving the awkwardness. Joelee shook her head slightly. “No, sorry. Life first….

Shorty gave a sigh of relief. The plan had gone off without a hitch. The bank vault opened, the money taken and no witnesses, eyeballs or electronic. So why did he feel so bad? You see, it hurt Shorty to…